Celebration Drive-Thru Food Drive fills two trucks with donations
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A big thank you to each and everyone of you who donated money, non-perishable food items, and supplies during the NBC15 Share Your Holidays Celebration Drive-thru Food Drive.
Because of you, two truck trailers were filled with 17,958 pounds of food. That’s 14,965 meals.
The NBC15 Share Your Holidays Celebration Drive-thru Food Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 2, honored the campaign’s roots, which began 25 years ago as a single day food drive.
“We’ve seen people come all day, dropping off food with smiles on their faces,” says Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin’s CEO and President Michelle Orge. “They’ve been bringing just a couple of cans , bags, or trunk-loads of food, it’s been amazing.”
The donations came rolling in earlier than expected. The event officially started at 2:30 p.m., but people were already arriving with their donations a half-hour earlier outside the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall.
The Wisconsin National Guard and UW Athletics were on hand to help make the food drive a success.
HELP FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD
Wisconsin National Guard members began supporting NBC15 Share Your Holidays in 1996. NBC15 late anchor Mike McKinney reached out to Mike Hart with the National Guard for assistance with a vision, to eliminate hunger in Southwestern Wisconsin.
For Sergeant Josh Kammeraad, the NBC15 Share Your Holidays campaign is a tradition in his own family. His father helped out 20 years ago, and Kammeraad remembers his own beginnings helping out the campaign.
“That was actually one of my first things that I did in the national guard as a high school senior,” says Kammeraad. “Just seeing what that meant to the community and being able to try and bring the National Guard back into it again this year, it’s the communities that we live in work in and serve in so that’s what we want to be able to do to help out.”
On Wednesday, the Wisconsin National Guard helped unload vehicles and direct traffic at the food drive.
People arrived in their vehicles and opened their trunks or side doors to drop off their donations in a contact-less way until 7 p.m.
BADGERS GIVE BACK
UW Athletics arrived at the NBC15 Share Your Holidays Celebration Food Drive with a truck that’s normally used to transport UW Football equipment.
“We’re so proud to partner with an awesome event like this,” says Jackie Davenport, Director Director of UW Athletics Community Relations. “Our community means so much to us, and this year we are not able to have fans in the stand, so we wanted a way to connect with people and this is a great opportunity to uplift those going through difficult times.
Some UW coaches were on hand to volunteer at the event including softball coach Yvette Healy, wrestling coach Chris Bono, and womens volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield. UW Deputy Director of Athletics Chris McIntosh was also on hand to help out at the food drive.
“We’re all in this together, this is amazing,” says Sheffield. “This is so energizing to be out here and see the lines of cars coming through and not just the numbers of people, but how much they have been giving and just the energy that everybody has. This has been the most uplifting part of my day.”
If you couldn’t make it out to the drive-thru food drive, you can still make a monetary donate online, by clicking here.
The NBC15 Share Your Holidays Finale Phone-A-Thon and Sort-A-Thon is on Dec. 9 from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Food donations cannot be dropped off at the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall on the day of the finale.
Donations made during a Mike’s Miracle Minute and all gifts made online throughout the day will be matched.
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